Hey, Beauties! Today's post is a collaboration with Jesse Lane and I am really excited about it as it is something that I haven't done before. I have the pleasure to be a host of Jesse's virtual book tour of her new book - Healthy Fresh Salads. This is my second time working with her. A few months ago she featured my recipe for Double Trouble Raw Pudding in a roundup of sugar-free recipes in her blog. You can check all of the 11 delicious no sugar desserts here.
Who Is Jesse Lane
Jesse Lane Lee, BSc, CNP is a cheerful Holistic Nutritionist, motivational speaker, and cookbook author. She is the founder of JesseLaneWellness.com, a web-based holistic nutrition practice and holistic recipe resource. Jesse Lane is passionate about nutrition and helps positive and vibrant individuals unlock the incredible healing power of food and reclaim their health. She helps her clients adopt fun and effective habits that they can get excited about.
Jesse Lane loves to play in the kitchen and create holistically delicious recipes that accommodate a wide variety of food allergies, diets and lifestyle choices. She believes that eating healthy whole foods can be easy, fun and most of all delicious. Jesse Lane is the author of Healthy Fresh Salads, Healthy Dairy Free Desserts and co-author of The Holistic In the City 21 Day Smoothie Guide. She has contributed to recipes to KrisCarr.com, MindBodyGreen.com, Clean Eating Magazine.
As you can see Jesse is absolutely amazing and she has very positive and bubbly personality. Furthermore she is an advocate of healthy holistic lifestyle and as you know I am all about that. That's why I was so excited when I was offered the chance to review her new book and to pick for you one of the delicious recipes. I don't know about you but I am salad lover and when someone offers me a book full of fresh healthy salads I can't say no to that. So let's see what this book has in store for us.
About The Book
Before I start I want to clear something. Although I got this book for free I wouldn't feature it on my blog and I wouldn't make this review if I didn't absolutely love it and if I didn't think that you can benefit from it. No matter what, you will always get my honest opinion. So here's how I feel about this book - I just love it! The book contains more than 30 delicious recipes of gluten-free dressings and salads, all of them accompanied by mouth-watering pictures. What really got me was the fact that many of the recipes are vegan and the rest that are not, can easily be transformed. Or if you want me to be more specific:
- 28 of the recipes are vegetarian
- 27 of the recipes are dairy free
- 27 of the recipes are no soy
- 17 of the recipes are vegan
- 11 of the recipes are completely sugar-free
Besides the recipes you also get plenty of useful information such as tips for eating healthy on a budget, a guide to create the ultimate salad, the importance of eating the rainbow, how to recognize GMO produce and much more. In my opinion this is the perfect book for people who want to consume more vegetables but struggle doing it. Moreover is this time of the year when we all get back to school, college or work and we'll be busy bees. I always reach for extra large salad either for lunch or for dinner when I have a lot of things to do and not enough time (or desire) to cook. Salads are easy, healthy and delicious and honestly that's all I want from a meal. Below you can find one of the recipes in the book and see for yourself that salads can be much more than a side dish.
Sleep - Supporting Anytime Salad Recipe
This simple, nutrient-rich salad from Jesse Lane Wellness Cookbook Healthy Fresh Salads will calm the mind and support sleep. The avocado, walnuts, and olive oil in this salad are all high in omega-3 fatty acids which are vital to deep, satisfying and restorative sleep. This salad is perfect for those late night dinners because it won’t keep you up all night tossing and turning. The recipe is by Lidvina Rajabalan.
Prep time: 25 minutes | Cook time: 15 minutes to 1 hour | Serving Size: 4 mains
For the salad:
- 3/4 cup quinoa
- 1 cup chickpeas, soaked overnight (or one 14oz/400 grams can)
- 3 cups chopped kale, 4-6 big leaves
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- Pinch of salt & pepper
- 1/2 cup cucumber, in cubes
- 1 cup chopped tomatoes
- 1 avocado, cubed
- 1 cup shredded carrots, 3-4 medium carrots
- ¼ cup red onion, diced
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
For the vinaigrette:
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
- 8-10 basil leaves, finely chopped
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Rinse quinoa and place in a pot with 1.5 cups water. Bring to a boil then lower the heat to simmer for 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
- Rinse canned chickpeas. If using soaked chickpeas, rinse them and place in a pot with water (cover 1-2 inches). Bring water and beans to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 1 hour then drain.
- In a separate bowl, massage kale with olive oil, salt and pepper.
- For the vinaigrette, combine all ingredients with a whisk.
- In a mixing bowl, combine quinoa, chickpeas, cucumber, tomatoes, avocado, carrot, red onion and massaged kale.
- Add vinaigrette to salad and toss until well-coated.
- Sprinkle pumpkin seeds and chopped walnuts.
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